Hey Changemaker!

Hey Changemaker! In this podcast, Julia Wiklander, Founder of Girls’ Globe, speaks with activists, advocates, founders, entrepreneurs, researchers and other changemakers - on the issues they care about and their journeys to doing something about it. Learn how to take inspired action and build movements of change. We’re here for uplifting conversations to build solidarity and hope - and to inspire you to use your gifts, passions, frustrations and uniqueness to follow your own purpose as a changemaker. The Hey Changemaker! podcast aims to inspire positive change for gender equality, human rights, social justice and sustainability around the world.

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3 days ago

Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury. It leaves a woman incontinent, humiliated, and—all too often—shunned by her community. Surgery is the only cure.
Habiba C. Mohamed, Regional Director of Programs in Africa at Fistula Foundation.
Bwalya Magawa Chomba is the Program Director for Zambia at Fistula Foundation. 
In this episode they each share a story of a girl and woman with fistula that has affected their lives and careers. They also share an important call to action for us all to get engaged to end obstetric fistula. 
Fistula Foundation is a member of Girls' Globe, you can read their stories here.
Learn more about the Girls' Globe memberships and apply here.
 
 
 

Thursday May 16, 2024

Emmanuel Achiri is the Policy and Advocacy Officer at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) - an expert on migration, policing and security. He holds a doctorate in International Relations with a focus on international law and forced migration.
"Europe fails to acknowledge its history. Europe fails to acknowledge that one of the reasons why we have a lot of instability in the global majority...is because of Europe." - Emmanuel Achiri
This conversation with Emmanuel Achiri focuses on the EU Migration Pact and Europe’s identity crisis.
Emmanuel discusses the contradictions within the Migration Pact, which claims to address structural racism while legitimizing racial profiling and criminalization of migrants. He highlights the crisis of European identity and the failure to acknowledge Europe's historical role in creating instability in other parts of the world.
Emmanuel emphasizes the need for a transformational approach to justice that integrates reparatory justice and addresses issues such as migration and climate change.
The conversation explores the need for a transformational approach to social justice and migration in Europe. It highlights the shortcomings of the EU elections in addressing these issues and the importance of voting for human rights.
The discussion also touches on the erosion of fundamental rights and the rise of anti-rights movements in Europe. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of struggles and the need for global mobilization and hope.
"When Europeans ignore the destruction of fundamental human rights principles, eventually this would move from just migrants to the rest of Europe."
➡️ The European Network Against Racism is asking MEPs to sign the manifesto: A Europe for All.
➡️ Ask your candidates for the European Parliament to pledge here: #EuropeForAll: Dear EU Election Candidates, pledge to support racial justice! - European Network Against Racism (enar-eu.org)
 
In The Deep End
This episode is a part of a new series of the Hey Changemaker! Podcast called In The Deep End.
In this series, Julia Wiklander speaks with experts who will help us understand the world, its systemic issues, and unveil the truth about what equality, rights and justice REALLY mean.
2024 is the year when half of the world’s population will elect their future. More voters than ever have this opportunity. Countries like India, Syria and South Africa - as well as the UK, US and EU - will be going to the polls. Some countries have fair and equal elections, others are postponed because of war and other countries’ outcomes can probably be guessed in advance. This is a major election year and results can have an impact on the world’s future for many years to come. 
Free, fair and democratic elections are an important way for us to create change in our communities in the world. 
The global minority, also known as the global north, has witnessed a surge of right-wing, anti-rights politics during the past decade. It also holds the majority of the world’s financial wealth, while continuing to exploit other countries in the world through capitalist and colonial systems that let them do so with impunity. The global north are also some of the greatest polluters in the world.
In The Deep End episodes will focus on the change and RECKONING that is necessary in the EU, UK and the US - all of which have elections this year. 

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and girls, and for the human rights of all. Sharon founded the story-sharing platform, SayItForward.org, and she hosts monthly Women’s Circles online. She believes in the power of stories to spark our compassion for ourselves and for others, and to recognize that we are all connected.
In this episode, Julia and Sharon discuss the virtual Women's Circles that Sharon hosts and the importance of self-exploration and community. Julia shares her experiences of participating in the circles and Sharon speaks about unfiltered writing and her choice of writing prompts. She also provides a background to the Women's Circles and what they mean to her as well.  
This conversation is an invitation for any woman to join the monthly Women's Circles that Sharon hosts. 
Find out more and connect with Sharon at: 
AwakeningYourTrueSelf.com
SayItForward.org
@SharonDAgostino, @SayItForwardNow and @AwakeningTrue on Twitter

Thursday May 02, 2024

"I strongly feel that the world is like a puzzle. One piece of the puzzle is not important than another."
Mwanahamisi “Mishy” Singano talks about WEDO, the Women's Environment and Development Organization, and what feminist solidarity means to her.
Mishy is the Senior Global Policy Lead at WEDO and an African feminist passionate about fighting structural and intersecting inequalities while contributing to a fairer, more just, equal and sustainable world. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with women’s rights organizations, civil societies and governments in developing strategies, building partnerships, managing programs, and engaging communities towards the promotion and protection of women’s rights and the health of the planet.
This video was recorded in the Girls' Globe Solidarity Studio.
➡️ Join the feminist media movement here: girlsglobe.org/membership
➡️ Listen to more voices of changemakers, hear their personal stories and learn about the issues they care about on the Hey Changemaker! Podcast: girlsglobe.org/changemaker
 

Monday Apr 22, 2024

"Women's rights organizations should collectively come up to speak about the issues of all women with disabilities. The fact that we are women with disabilities does not make us lesser women."
Lucy Mulombi shares her call to action in the Girls' Globe Solidarity Studio - a space where activists, advocates, experts and changemakers are invited to share parts of their stories, their calls to action and reminders of what true solidarity is. 
Lucy Mulombi is a grassroots advocate for the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Lucy Mulombi is the chair of one of few organisations of people with disabilities run by women, and chair of Kakamega County Disability Caucus in rural Kenya. Lucy took part in a programme run by the Sightsavers-led coalition Inclusive Futures. She was a part of the Sightsavers delegation at the Women Deliver conference in Kigali from 17-20 July 2023.
➡️ Hear more from Lucy Mulombi here: https://www.girlsglobe.org/2023/07/18...
➡️ Read more about the rights of women and girls with disabilities on Sightsavers member profile on Girls' Globe here: https://www.girlsglobe.org/author/sig...

Friday Mar 22, 2024

Ana Laura is the Executive Director and Co Founder of Soy Niña, a girl-serving organization that works in urban communities in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Ana Laura studied journalism and photography and graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She has worked at nonprofit organizations and private foundations for over fourteen years and has experience in the areas of communications, event planning and fundraising. Ana Laura just recently finished a certificate degree in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Extension School. She's very passionate about raising awareness on the challenges that girls below the age of 18 face worldwide. 
We talk about her work, about the challenges of starting and managing an organization like Soy Niña. She shares some incredibly inspirational stories from the girls in the community and some of her own. We talk about hope and motivation to take action, and more. 
Learn more about Soy Niña here: www.soynina.org
 

Friday Mar 08, 2024

Jules Lynch is the Founder and CEO of Global Girl Project. She’s the innovative developer of the organization’s programming and she works in partnership with NGOs and schools globally to implement and run leadership programs and initiatives for girls.
Over the past twenty years, Jules has worked as a Community Social Worker and Therapist in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. She has also spent extensive time working throughout many countries in the global majority - also known as the global south.
Jules is an inspirational speaker for businesses and organizations about how to be a changemaker in one’s own life, world and work.
We speak about her work with Global Girl Project and about what decolonization and intersectionality in global work really looks like. Jules shares her own perspectives on navigating changemaking work, self care and more. 
Learn more about Global Girl Project: globalgirlproject.org 
Support Global Girl Project's fundraising campaign in March 2024: chuffed.org/project/global-girls-run-the-world-2024 
Follow Global Girl Project on social media:
instagram.com/globalgirlproject/ linkedin.com/company/19019516 facebook.com/globalgirlproject
Find all Hey Changemaker! episodes at girlsglobe.org/changemaker.
 

Thursday Jan 18, 2024

This is part 2 of invaluable advice from changemakers! With a special focus on the importance of self care, community and connecting with your own power. We hear advice on managing hopelessness and uncomfortable work.
This episode features advice from Nasra Ayub, Bulelwa Adonis, Riya Williams Yuyada, Celina de Sola, Lina Abirafeh and Sharon D'Agostino. 
"Put your health and your mental health first, there's no point in you being here if you're not functioning." - Nasra Ayub
In this episode, you'll hear from changemakers how they do just that. How do they stay hopeful, strong and confident in the midst of a very troubled world? 
Find all previous episodes of the Hey Changemaker! Podcast at girlsglobe.org/changemaker
 

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

It’s a new year - and we’re leaving a brutal year behind and entering in to one with great challenges. It doesn’t look like the world is going to change so quickly - which means that changemakers like yourself are more important than ever! We are needed to create a world where everyone can live in freedom and dignity.
"The only thing that will bring us out of hopelessness is taking action and being in solidarity." - Julia Wiklander
This episode has been created to help you do just that. Hear advice from Riya Williams Yuyada, Nasra Ayub, Beatrice Finh, Taveeshi Gupta, Amanda Litman and Neil Data. 
Subscribe, learn more and find all previous episodes at girlsglobe.org/changemaker. 
 

Thursday Dec 28, 2023

This is a takeover by ActionAid International and their campaign called #HerStory.
#HerStory is an anti-modern slavery campaign by ActionAid International to raise awareness of the prevalence of modern slavery, shed light on the impact it has on women and girls in particular, and amplify the voice of female survivors.
In this podcast, you’ll hear a conversation led by ActionAid International’s Vanessa Power, as she speaks with Lela Tolajian and Eugenia A. Ayagiba.
Lela Tolajian is a human rights activist and the founder of the International Coalition Against Modern Slavery. She has worked extensively with non-profit organisations and elected officials on forced labour and trafficking. She is currently working as a youth activist and influencer on ActionAid’s anti-modern slavery campaign #HerStory.
Eugenia is the Women’s Rights and Campaign Manager at ActionAid Ghana.
They speak about the Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights, what modern slavery looks like today, and about the importance of coalitions and activism.
ActionAid brought a delegation of feminist activists to Geneva for the negotiations of the UN Binding Treaty. The delegation was a part of the Feminists 4Binding Treaty coalition. One of the coalition members was Sanyu Awori - Manager, Building Feminist Economies at the Association for Women's Rights in Development. In this episode, you'll hear Sanyu addressing the international community at the negotiations at the United Nations.
Learn more about #HerStory and read the stories from survivors of modern slavery at girlsglobe.org/herstory
 

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